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flare

verb  us   /fleər/

flare verb (BURN)

[I] to burn brightly either for a short time or on and off: The candle flared then went out.

flare verb (BECOME WIDER)

[I/T] to become wider, or to make something wider: [I] These trousers flare slightly at the ankle.

flare verb (HAPPEN SUDDENLY)

[I] to happen in a sudden and often violent way: The dispute threatens to flare into a lawsuit. The argument quieted down then flared up again.

flare

noun [C]  us   /fleər/

flare noun [C] (BRIGHT LIGHT)

something that produces a flame or bright light and is usually used as a signal, or the flame or light itself: The boat is equipped with flares. Did you see that flare?
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